Stories of substitution and surrogates are all too common in the wildlife trade, especially when it comes to medicines derived from animal parts.
Saving the rhino means tackling demand for its horn.
With their jewel-like colours, Colombia's poison frogs are coveted by collectors. Does naming their species help protect them or make them a target for trophy hunters?
Beluga sturgeon found their migration route blocked by Europe's largest hydroelectric dam.
Should trade in ivory be banned or not? There may be a solution.
An ivory ban in the US had a series of unintended consequences.
Local and indigenous communities remain mostly excluded from real benefits, and conservation often comes at a huge cost to them.
Ivory from illegally-poached elephants can easily be mistaken for antique.
Rhino horn trade continues to be a highly lucrative business across the world.
Organised crime always looks for new ways to make money. And zoo animals are an easy target.
Keeping non-native reptiles as pets is against the law – with good reason. Alien species traded on the black market can potentially establish themselves in the wild if they are released or escape.
The ivory trade is a very contentious issue and will be debated at CITES. It will revolve around maintaining or lifting the ban on trade. But the human element is likely to be ignored.
The CITES conference on international wildlife trade could determine whether these animals have a viable future.
Many scientific names have changed since China's 'protected species list' was last updated in 1989.